Meadville Tribune

April 16, 2013

Local gun carriers to rally at Diamond Park on Friday

The Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — State Representative Brad Roae will be a featured speaker at a “2nd Amendment Open Carry Rally” scheduled for Friday in Meadville’s Diamond Park.

Roae’s 6th District includes Meadville, Titusville and northern and eastern sections of Crawford County.

Sponsored by Braveheart Radio and organized by West Mead Township resident Darrell W. Sivik Sr., the rally will begin sharply at noon, Sivik said Monday.                                                                                                                                                               

In addition to speakers, the rally will feature the burning of a United Nations flag.

“Time permitting, weather permitting, we’ll walk around the Diamond carrying our favorite hardware — openly,” Sivik said. While this is his group’s first open-carry rally, where guns will be carried openly, Sivik noted that both Erie and Clarion counties have had open carry demonstrations.

While permits are required for carrying concealed weapons, the open carrying of weapons is permitted throughout Pennsylvania, with the exception of the City of Philadelphia, where permits are required for carrying both open and concealed weapons.

“We’ll be celebrating the anniversary of the beginning of the American Revolution in 1775 when the British came to Concord to confiscate the weapons of the local militia,” Sivik explained. On April 19, 1775, Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride, warning of the arrival of British troops.

“I am a strong supporter of our right to own and bear arms and will be one of the speakers at the rally on Friday,” Roae said in a prepared statement released Monday. “The right to own and bear arms, the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, the right to be protected from illegal searches, etc., are all very important rights and freedoms. I will gladly stand and defend all of them. The Pennsylvania Constitution states in Article 1, Section 21: ‘The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.’”

The timing of Friday’s rally is especially appropriate, Sivik said, because “we are probably, in this country right now, close to the outbreak of civil war. It’s just like in 1860 and 1861 in the south — when people were taking sides, states were taking sides, and sheriffs were taking sides on the issue. Division is coming — and we’re trying to stop it.”

As the leader of a local militia group, Sivik was confined to federal prison nearly a decade ago for gun violations.